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Short stays, short term care and respite care

Short breaks, respite or short term care is for people who require assistance with personal care because of disability, frailty, mental ill health or who are recovering from a period of ill health or family difficulty.

Short term care can also give carers, who provide a substantial amount of support to a cared for person, the chance to take a break.

Respite or short term care is usually provided within a residential or nursing home. However, it can also be provided as part of the Shared Lives scheme or as short term, emergency home-based respite.

Accessing short term care services

Short term and respite care is available in a wide range of local authority, private and voluntary homes across the county.

If you don't already receive services from us, the first point of contact would be Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190 who will carry out a telephone assessment of your care needs. If you do already receive services then you should speak to your adult care worker.

If after a telephone assessment it is decided you are likely to be eligible for short term care, a visit from an adult care worker would be arranged to carry out a face-to-face assessment of your eligibility for short break or respite services.

Your adult care worker, and if necessary a representative from health would discuss with you whether you need a nursing home, a residential home, home based respite or our Shared Lives scheme. The range of options would be fully discussed with you and your carer as well as the length and frequency of your stay.